Eoin Morgan runs out Travis Head to give England hope in Perth
Marcus Stoinis looks in ominous form for Australia.
Eoin Morgan executed a superb run out to lift England’s spirits after a strong start by Australia in pursuit of 260 in the fifth and final one-day international.
The home side were well placed at 86 for one in the 14th over but Morgan threw down the stumps to dismiss Travis Head for 22 and end a 62-run partnership with Marcus Stoinis, who was in ominous touch on 45 off 44 balls.
Tom Curran made an early breakthrough by bowling David Warner with a yorker after England had been bowled out for 259 with 2.2 overs to spare at Perth’s new Optus Stadium.
Jason Roy (49), Jonny Bairstow (44) and Alex Hales (35) all failed to convert promising starts into major contributions, leaving Joe Root (62) to shepherd the lower order.
He provided a steadying hand as he anchored the innings on a two-paced surface but the tourists, who hold an unassailable 3-1 series lead, never regained their early momentum.
David Willey and Jake Ball were both given their first chance of the campaign having been recalled for the rested new-ball pair of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.